Call Baseball Upended, 12-9, at Louisville

March 10, 2007

LOUISVILLE, KY. - In a crazy game in which the California baseball team trailed 9-1 after the first inning, the Golden Bears finally succumbed to host Louisville, 12-9, Saturday at the Cardinal Classic in Louisville, Ky. The Golden Bears, who would threaten by scoring four times in the fifth and ninth innings, dipped to 8-11 on the year. The Cardinals improved to 9-5.

After scoring a run in the top of the first inning on a two-out double by sophomore first baseman David Cooper and an RBI single by sophomore right fielder Ryan Hanlon, disaster struck for Cal in the bottom of the first. Sophomore left-handed starter Craig Bennigson (1-3) struggled, giving up nine runs (five earned) on eight hits in 0.2 innings, including a three-run homer to Logan Johnson.

To the Bears credit, they did not quit, scoring four times in the fifth inning with the help of three Louisville errors. Junior second baseman Josh Satin had a two-run single with the bases loaded, sophomore catcher Charlie Cutler scored on a throwing error by Cardinal catcher Derrick Alfonso, and Satin scored on Louisville starter Justin Marks' (4.1 innings, five hits, five runs, three earned runs, one walk, four strikeouts) wild pitch to get Cal within 9-5.

But Bear reliever Nick Nunez yielded three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning which proved to be Louisville's margin of victory. Down 12-5, Cal put together another rally in the top of the ninth when junior Mike Van Winden had an RBI single down the left field line, and sophomore left fielder Michael Capbarat hit his first collegiate homer, a three-run shot to left-center field. Cardinal reliever Trytan Magnuson was able stop the Bears' rally, however, when he got Cutler to hit a grounder to second base to force out Brett Munster, and struck out Stephen Carlson to end the game.

Magnuson earned his first save of the season for Louisville, while reliever Kyle Thornton (1-1, 0.2 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, one walk) picked up the win. Cooper, who went 2-for-2 with two home runs and four RBI Friday in Cal's 8-0 win over Kent State, led the Bears again at the plate by going 2-for-4 with a double.

Cal will next face Indiana State on Sunday, Mar. 11 at 10 a.m. EDT to conclude the Cardinal Classic.

Home Runs:

Cal: Capbarat, three-run homer in the ninth inning.

Louisville: Johnson, three-run homer in the first inning.

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